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    Target announces Starbucks as coffee retailer for Canadian stores (Starbucks Newsroom)

    Loblaws launching loyalty program to coincide with Target entry (Globe and Mail)

    Zellers reviews options for outlets ‘left behind’ (Globe and Mail)

    Canadian malls are the Target of expansion(Montreal Gazette)

    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

    Target’s rejected sites in high demand by rival retailers (Globe & Mail)

    Walmart, Canadian Tire in Target's crosshairs (Financial Post)

    What we can expect: Tony Fisher talks about Target Canada (Financial Post)

    Target’s Canadian foray hits cost hurdle (Globe & Mail)

    Announcement of which Zellers are to convert coming by end of May? CTV

    "Death of Canadian retail greatly exaggerated" Rona CEO (Financial Post

    Impact on Canadian Tire (Financial Post)

    Canadian Retail Industry Viewpoints (Profit Magazine)

     

     

     

     

     

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    Thursday
    Feb052015

    BLANEYS ON TARGET

    Target Canada announced its plans to discontinue operating its Canadian stores, and has sought insolvency protection. The winding down of Target Canada’s operations has raised questions and concerns for various stakeholders. The law firm Blaney McMurtry LLP has created this website as a guide for creditors with a stake in Target Canada’s ongoing restructuring process. This website was also created to bring stakeholders and creditors together with a view to collaboration and to create a committee of creditors to participate in the insolvency process undertaken by Target Canada.

    For more information, click here.

    Thursday
    Feb052015

    Target Canada’s liquidation sales worry landlords

    Major landlords of Target Canada have been battling with the U.S. discounter over how it will conduct its liquidation sales, which could steal business from their other mall tenants.

    The landlords are worried that Target, which is operating in bankruptcy protection, will flout the terms of some of its leases by bulking up on inventory and widely promoting its going-out-of-business sales – potentially sullying their malls’ image and detracting from rival retail tenants.

    On Wednesday, Cadillac Fairview Corp., one of Target’s key landlords, is slated to ask an Ontario court for assurances that its lease provisions are adhered to in the liquidation, which could begin as early as Thursday. Most of Target’s landlords agree with Cadillac Fairview’s initiative, said David Bish, a lawyer at Torys LLP who represents Cadillac Fairview.

    “We don’t take issue with there being a liquidation process,” Mr. Bish said in an interview. “It’s just a question of what the rules governing the liquidation should be. We think the rules as initially crafted by the company are not proper rules, given the way they impede on landlords.”

    To view full article, click here.

    Thursday
    Feb052015

    When Brands Fail

    Branding should be seen as a fluid part of any organization – it must adapt to the changing marketplace and the consumer’s needs and wants.

    This is paramount in the life cycle of any Brand.

    As an audience shifts, their needs will also alter.  A good Brand Strategy will take this into account.

    You must be able to anticipate the required moves in the marketplace – allowing the Brand to offer its full potential to the marketplace.

    The failure to recognize a changing or different marketplace and audience needs will result in a failure to properly communicate the Brands positive qualities resulting in a negative Brand experience and eventually lost sales.

    Recently Target announced it was shuttering all its stores in Canada – the reason – sales were not meeting expectations and a profit would not realized until 2016.

    The big question is, “What happened?”

    To view full article, click here.

    Thursday
    Feb052015

    Target liquidation sale to start Thursday

    The liquidation sale at Target Canada stores will start Thursday morning, with merchandise discounts of up to 30 per cent off.

    And after a day-long hearing in Ontario Superior Court, the liquidators were told they could start contacting parties interested in buying store leases and other Target properties in Canada, in order to maximize the return on what is estimated to be $1.1 billion worth of commercial real estate.

    The hearing in Toronto was attended by 37 lawyers, most of whom represented landlords for 115 of the 133 Target stores being closed.

    By the end of the day, the lawyers had agreed to let real estate sales enquiries proceed, while also agreeing to another court date next week to hammer out the details.

    “These are really significant assets,” said Richard Orzy, a restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy lawyer with Bennett Jones.

    To view full article, click here.